Hello, I am 64 years old and a widow as my husband passed away 17 years ago from multiple myeloma. I had a left TKR on 7/16/19. I stayed one night in the hospital and everything went well. I live alone and have been on my own since the day I came home from the hospital. Friends and family stop by but I have completely taken care of myself, as I wish to. I have been very active all of my life and this surgery has been my first ever. I experienced a lot of pain the first week but things continued to improve as time went on. I have been in PT now for 5 weeks. Flexion is 115 degrees and extension 5 degrees, although down to zero with PT pushing knee. I have been happy with my progress, as have been my doctors and PT, until week 5. I now have debilitating sciatica pain running from my lower back down the outside of my leg and on the inside of my knee through to my left foot. My PT believes L4 and L5 are compressed and has me stretching before even attempting knee exercises. My surgical PA said that a few patients present with sciatica pain after surgery. My PCP has prescribed Gabapentin 3x a day but I hate to become dependent on that. I am so afraid it will not go away. This is honestly worse than the knee pain currently and very discouraging. Has anyone had a similar experience? Many thanks!